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Suicides in the military
Suicides in the military

Of late, incidence of suicide in the military, have been highlighted by the national press and the issue also came up for discussion in the Parliament. The yearly average of suicides in the Indian army is around 100. Some may argue that in an army of 1.2 million that figure is not alarming. For the military life of every soldier is valuable...

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Why PM should avoid visiting Pakistan now?
Kanwal Sibal | 25 Sep , 2012 1 comment
Why PM should avoid visiting Pakistan now?

As the bigger country, India is often exhorted to be generous with Pakistan. Those advocating a sustained dialogue with Pakistan, irrespective of its conduct towards us,   have such thinking, an off-shoot of which are current urgings to the Prime Minister to go to Pakistan. Pakistan is violating the cease fire agreement even today, with...

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India-China: Wishful thinking by Indians?
B Raman | 18 Sep , 2012 6 comments
India-China: Wishful thinking by Indians?

Our national trait for wishful-thinking often worries me. A rationally argued assumption is an important part of strategic thinking, a wishful thought with no rational basis is not. I had pointed out in some of my articles in the past how we often confuse wishful-thinking for strategic analysis. Some, if not many of those, who have made a name...

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MoD's animosity with the Military
MoD's animosity with the Military

On September 4, 2012 the Supreme Court of India, in a land mark judgment, has finally and irrevocably uncovered the true face of Ministry of Defence (MoD). The 4th Central Pay Commission (CPC) gave defence services officers, upto the rank of brigadiers, rank pay, in addition to basic pay. MoD working in cohorts with the Controller of Defence...

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India-China: Can the humiliation of 1962 repeat itself?
B Raman | 17 Sep , 2012 3 comments
India-China: Can the humiliation of 1962 repeat itself?

Can the history of our humiliation at the hands of China in 1962 repeat itself? As we approach the 50th anniversary of the humiliation next month, we have to analyse this question in depth in our governmental national security community as well as outside. It is important for the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) to organise a...

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